Friday, 26 September 2008

MIT OCW and Wikinomics

I am still awake, and now blogging, because of a bit of bed time reading of "Wikinomics" by Don Tapscott (Author) and Anthony Williams (Author)- On page 23 I was reminded of MIT's Open Course Ware (MIT OCW). I was quite excited to look for engineering related resources and I was not disappointed. After visiting the site, I remembered an email that a friend had sent to me.
It turns out that I was originally introduced to this resource by a friend as this excerpt from an email shows:
Subject: Have a look at this
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 01:43:20 +0100

Look at this

Audio, Video lectures from engineering to literature, plus lecture notes.

A general site

For example

Video lectures on circuits and electronics:

Mp3 files on Advanced Digital Integrated Circuits:

May just border the scope of your second year material, tell what you think.
I can only say thank you. I seemed to not go for it on first bite but I am just glad that another path has brought me back to the same information but this time with fresh eyes (well...not so fresh at 1am...). I just watched lecture 16 on 'Sinusoidal steady state' (additional videos, accompanying notes etc. can be found on this page). The lecturer's style and delivery was refreshing to say the least. I really enjoyed it. One thing I noticed about his style was the abundance of mental anchors to allow the teaching points to embed themselves into the memory.
It seems funny to me that while this precious resource was presented to me back in Nov 2007 it has taken me until now to come across it again on my own terms and realise it's full value.

But back in Nov 2007 while I was interested in open source, I was obviously not fully aware of it's significance in (my) education. Nearly a year on I am glad to say that, for example, I use delicious as my principle research and indexing tool and evernote as my notebook for just about everything. These have both added enormously to my education allowing me to build huge and complex webs of tagged and indexed notes, references and links. Suffice it to say that I am glad to think differently now.